This is our stunning Saint Maximilian Kolbe Plaque. St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv. (1894-1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar, missionary, and martyr at Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Poland. On this plaque he is depicted wearing his prison attire with an inverted triangle marked with a “P” (for Poland) and colored either red to classify him as a political prisoner or pink to denigrate him as a homosexual. His prisoner number (#11670) is right below the triangle. He is holding a rosary – a symbol of his intense Marian devotion. Since he was a newspaper editor, he holds his newspaper under his left arm. He volunteered to die in the place of another prisoner (go to History/Story tab) and was martyred on August 14th, now his feast day. St. Maximilian is the patron saint of journalists, political prisoners, and prisoners. This bronze plaque is especially fitting as a gift for a first communion, confirmation, birthday, or feast day.
A Bronze Wall Plaque in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – small (p108k – 2 x 1.8 inches), medium (p149m – 4 x 3.25 inches) or large (p306g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this solid bronze plaque will hang with ease on any wall in home or office. This solid bronze plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a master bronze-smith. This is an especially fitting gift for that special “Maximilian” or “Max” in your life!
Martyr of Auschwitz – Confessor of the Faith – “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”
At least 1.1 million prisoners – 90 percent of them Jewish – also perished in Auschwitz with St. Maximilian Kolbe. Approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed during the Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστος holókaustos: “whole burnt offering”) – also known as the Shoah (Hebrew: השואה, “the catastrophe”) – died in Auschwitz. Pope Saint John Paul II declared St. Maximilian Kolbe “the patron saint of our difficult century.” This plaque is an appropriate gift for celebrating his feast day on August 14th, for a birthday, a first communion, or a confirmation.